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Invest in yourself through lifelong learning and professional development.

Learn & Grow

When you work in education and research, it’s important to remember your own professional development. That’s why Penn encourages you to fuel your personal growth and career mobility by taking advantage of learning opportunities that will take your career to the next level.

Along with access to online learning tools such as Lynda, Penn brings customized and nationally recognized training programs to campus. Through the Human Resources Learning and Education department, you and your staff can benefit from practical, effective training programs and career coaching at times that fit your schedule.

Learning and Education selects and develops courses with Penn’s culture in mind to prepare current and future staff leaders to fulfill our unique mission. These courses bring out the best in participants while allowing you and your team to stay productive.

Whether you want to build skills for specific project, explore your talents, improve workplace relationships, or manage your career, Penn’s Learning and Education professionals and resources support your pursuit of excellence.

Professional Development and Mobility

I take full advantage of the professional and personal development workshops offered at Penn. This lifelong learning enables me to approach my job with a fresh perspective.

Nadina Deigh

Vice Dean for Institutional Advancement, School of Nursing

Staff member since 1999

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Get Involved

STEP UP is a training program for motivated individual contributors who want to lead themselves and others more effectively. Sessions focus on developing skills such as communicating, getting work done, dealing with change, and managing up. The self-paced program consists of eight half-day classroom sessions and seven online modules. Enrollment is open to all staff.

If you're a new manager at Penn, the Essentials of Management program is for you. You'll learn about a variety of management practices to help you shine in your new role--such as effective communication, hiring practices and decisions, staff engagement, performance management, workplace safety, and creating respectful work environments. You will work one-on-one work with a performance coach to review assessment results that allows for individualized planning and guidance. Courses combine interactive classroom sessions, discussion, and online training to help you explore ideas and apply what you learn. Because you move through the program as a cohort, you’ll also develop a valuable network of colleagues across Penn. Please note that this course is for supervisors and managers only.

You already have the foundational skills it takes to be a good manager. Now it's time to amp up your skills in Advanced Management Program at the University of Pennsylvania (AMP UP)! This program will teach you leadership skills beyond those learned in Essentials of Management. Learn how to enhance your leadership style, build credibility, resolve conflicts, and manage up.

Develop a solid foundation in ethics, change management, and workplace culture.

By the end of AMP UP, you'll know how to create and manage a high-performing team. Participate in a leadership assessment and receive personalized developmental coaching. This program includes six full-day sessions and a group learning project completed over a six-month period.

As a senior leader at Penn, you have the potential to help shape the future of the University. Through classroom-based learning sessions and team projects, this program will help you become a standout leader and allow you to carry out the vision and mission of Penn.

You'll develop leadership skills that make a difference, both inside and outside the work-place. Learn how to think strategically, lead through change, build your emotional intelligence, develop stronger relationships, exercise influence, and help your staff grow as professionals.